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    • #39420

      Yvonne
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      @yvonne1

      I’ve never been good at affiliates because I get confused about their terms, etc. I’m really interested in this learning challenge, Aimee. 

    • #39531

      Yvonne
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      @yvonne1

      this is interesting, Elizabeth. I’d never thought of that but it makes perfect sense. Something to consider…

      Elizabeth Keene said:

      I have always written after the pictures are taken. Discovered very early on that more often than not, my writing inspiration comes from something I see in a photo of my pet(s). I love to use pics that show their expressiveness, and I use the expressiveness to tell a story. Even with sponsored posts, I try to have the photos tell their own story. 
      That said, my blog photos tend to be light and bright (but they haven’t always been as bright as they could be – that has evolved). I think my images reflect my blog’s lightheartedness (sometimes bordering on ridiculousness). Captions are a big part of that, too. 
      I am going to admit right here, though, that for at least a year, I can’t publish a photo anywhere without tweaking the flip out of it first. I use PIcMonkey multiple times a day. I MIGHT be overthinking/wasting time to an extent, as there’s so much work involved with my photos, it’s become harder for me to post to my blog (I can relate to Cathy, in that the photos – in many cases – take WAY longer than the writing. And it doesn’t help that I take like 100 pics in one photoshoot). *sigh*
      Is there a class on how not to be a perfectionist and burn yourself out? (I’m kidding. Mostly. It felt good to get that off my chest, at least!)

    • #39532

      Yvonne
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      @yvonne1

      A BIG thing I’ve learned from taking these challenges is that I can GO BACK and work on my post some more, even after I’ve published it. That was an eye opener for me!

    • #39533

      Yvonne
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      @yvonne1

      I am working on this challenge and learning a lot. I have been too sloppy with my images. As I grow and learn, it really helps me SEE the why – thanks, Aimee, for creating this challenge.

    • #39826

      Yvonne
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      @yvonne1

      Jessica/YDWWYW/PetTalkMedia said:

      Well, I’m so quick to answer this because I’ve already done this work. I am looking forward to the helpful feedback.

      Like Amy, some of my most popular posts are not on topics I want to be known for. The traffic is great but I want to gain more traffic directly related to my niche. I have made improvements to those posts in the past but have decided that I want to focus my effort in 2016 on improving the most popular posts related to things I WANT to be known for. Those posts are:

      9 Lessons Learned While Flying with a Dog In-cabin

      6 “Unknown” Dog Friendly Trails near Seattle

      Jackets That Fit Dachshunds

      A Cautionary Note about Harnesses and Active Dogs

      7 Reasons Why Hiking with a Small Dog is Better

      The key phrases I want to be known for include “hiking with your small dog”, backpacking with your dog”, “dog friendly trails near Seattle”, and “dog friendly road trip”.

      I look forward to seeing everyone else’s response to this.

      Jessica, I’m glad you shared this. I, too, am not happy about the top posts I found. I mean, I like them and I’m glad people like them, but they are not what I want the blog to be. The problem is I am, once again, refocusing my blog. This is the third time for it… but, I believe with this advice and training, I can get on solid ground going forward.

    • #39845

      Yvonne
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      @yvonne1

      Oh, one more thing… since my blog is on Typepad, will this work? We don’t have the same widgets and such that WordPress has. I wonder if it’s time to move to WordPress…? Would you recommend that? Trying hard to make progress here… 🙂 CAuse I believe this is going to make my 2016 FANTASTIC! (and you’re right, it’s a mountain so one step at a time!)

    • #39848

      Yvonne
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      @yvonne1

      Not have good luck here. Sigh. 

      A. Google analytics are foreign to me so I feel like I’m learning a new language with no one to help me.

      B. Most of my top posts came from a veterinarian who use to write in my post (for Purina). He no longer does nor has he for several years. Yet, his posts are the most popular.

      C. If I look only at my posts, I can come up with 5 … but the numbers are not impressive even for them. 

      D. Keyword phrases… My analytics says 99% of the keywords used are unavailable. 🙁   If I take what’s left, the keyword phrase is ‘do you spoil your dog” or variations but according to Google, only 2-3 people searched said phrase or similar ones.

      I find these results not only discouraging, but disappointing. They really don’t help me. I can’t write posts on spoiling your dog over and over and over. Sigh. 

    • #11153

      Yvonne
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      @yvonne1

      I do this but not enough and without as much thought as I should. You’ve given me inspiration, Felissa. Yay! Thank you! 

    • #11520

      Yvonne
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      @yvonne1

      Hi Nicola,

      Welcome to BlogPaws! I can feel your passion and assure you everyone here is also passionate about animals!

      You certainly have a house-full! I don’t see any dogs mentioned, though. 

      Have you joined our cat group?

      What advice can I give you?

      Yvonne

    • #11992

      Yvonne
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      @yvonne1

      How about “Five Questions to Ask Your Vet at Your Next Vet Visit” Too many of us just listen. And too often, our veterinarians assume we are content with the cursory information they share. Even if YOUR vet is a master at communication, you should be asking key questions and getting straight answers. 

    • #12065

      Yvonne
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      @yvonne1

      Ah, you mean I hafta spend hours and hours on this?

      Yes, Yvonne, you have to take care of your blog. It can’t take care of itself.

      Sigh.

      Just talking to myself. I need to do this for Scratchings and Sniffings, big time. For broken links, do you just remove them or put new ones in? Curious about what people do with broken links.

    • #12582

      Yvonne
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      @yvonne1

      Interesting, Aimee. I’ll bring that idea to the content team. We are working on the Social Learning Center, where there will be far more opportunities to grow and learn, I promise. 

      Meanwhile, one key thing you can do to move yourself forward is to:

      a) Identify your strongest talent and offering – what do you do that people will pay for?

      b) Identify 10 brands (big or small doesn’t matter) that might want to hire you to do that for them

      c) Find the best way to connect with them and start a conversation. Don’t pitch. Start a conversation. 

      I would also look at job sites – why? Because you’ll discover brands looking for employees to do what you do. No reason you can’t start conversations with those brands, and perhaps show them why it’s in their best interest to hire you as a contract worker, rather than hire an ’employee’. Again, make it about them, their story, and how you can tell it to the world. 

      Just a couple of thoughts from my end.

    • #12585

      Yvonne
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      @yvonne1

      Jessica, I always love your comments and insight. Can you describe your mastermind group… or rather, the one you tried to create? I need a little more detail. Carol is right, we’ve discussed this and keep stumbling over when/how/who. 

      I am totally on board with finding a way to bring more value and connections to my members (especially those who are as active as you are!), but I don’t want to end up with something that is just another ‘discussion’ group. See what I mean? There has to be a strategy involved and RESULTS expected, even if the results are sharing of tools, platforms, insight, whatever. I once belonged to a leadership group that met monthly and THAT was very helpful. If I could recreate that here… I’d do it in a heartbeat.

      Yvonne

      Jessica/YDWWYW/PetTalkMedia said:

      Yvonne – 

      I think the resources here on BlogPaws are amazing. I owe a good part of my blogging success to the online resources and community. I also belong to several blogging Facebook groups that offer almost instantaneous technical or moral support.

      Upon review, I wasn’t very clear about my Mastermind comment. What would really help me would be having a bi-monthly or monthly check in with a small group of professional bloggers where I can discuss my personal goals and challenges. Members could help brainstorm ideas with each other and help hold each other accountable.

      I imagine the WIPIN Growth calls are the closest thing to one available but a) I haven’t actually tried a call yet and b) it seems more like a loose group that varies by attendees and numbers each month (not the consistency of a mastermind group). I attempted to start something like a Mastermind Group locally through my Northwest Pet Bloggers Group. It’s an involved explanation but, in the end, there was a lack of interest so the idea didn’t take off. Maybe this is a call to renew my efforts 🙂

    • #12588

      Yvonne
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      @yvonne1

      Great content here! 

      To Julia, I saw your notes on Ning but when I tried to reply, you’d signed off and Ning would not allow me. I’m sorry! Though I always look like I am ‘here’, often I am away from my desk and have not logged out. And, Ning does not often let me know what someone has pinged me.  Chat is exactly the same here as on Facebook… the other person may seem to be ‘on’ but they aren’t.

      Do know that I am always available by email… yvonne@blogpaws.com, I will always reply within 24 hours. 

      I just tried to write a note in reply to your note from this morning, and somehow, it got lost. Sigh.

      I do know that we discuss these very topics on the blog, routinely. The on-going issue of time and focus and switching from paying job to full time blogging (to earn money) are favorite topics of ours. Plus, the groups here are very much like mastermind groups, I think. We have Blog Talk, which covers a variety of business and technical topics; we have groups for writers, groups for the community itself, to share tips and tricks; a group for newcomers and even an Influencer Group (for folks who would LIKE to become influencers in the pet social media world). 

      My advice would be to check out one group at a time to discover where your best advice will be. BlogPaws has dozens of experts in this community who would be happy to answer questions and help guide you along. 

      I recommend our blog for detailed advice on how to turn your entrepreneurship ideas into reality, and the conference for individual session training on those social topics that are vital to success in this industry.  I am happy to answer individual questions if I can. Email is your best bet for that. 🙂

      Yvonne

    • #18165

      Yvonne
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      @yvonne1

      http://paperrater.com/ – who knew? What a great resource! Must share. 

      For your formatting issues, understand that Word or any other writing tool has computer code attached. Your blog’s code might not play nicely with your writing tool’s code. It used to make blogging so hard, back in the early days. Now, most platforms we use to blog on talk nice to our writing tool. 

      If you’re having these issues, try writing in Notepad. Notepad strips the formatting code out. It’s plain text. So when you insert in your blog, it goes in as plain text and the blog platform’s code takes over. 

      Does that help?

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